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Central Wyoming College’s Student Ambassadors gave back to the community in a big way this spring. Every semester individual student ambassadors are required to complete a minimum of 30 service hours, which would have totaled an impressive 510 collective hours between 17 student ambassadors. This group of students went above and beyond that requirement, spending over 1000 hours giving back to the community this spring!
Every year this group of students selects a cause or organization that they would like to give back to through fundraising efforts. This spring the student ambassadors selected the Central Wyoming Children’s Center for Art, Technology and Science, more commonly known as CATS. After a semester’s worth of hard work, on May 9th, the group was proud to present the CATS board members with a check for $1,781.37.
“When I pitched the idea for CATS, I wasn’t sure that it would take,” said Ryan Childers, Student Ambassador. “CATS was a startup business that I knew needed some money and they stood for a great cause. I was surprised when we collectively decided it was the best option to raise funds for and I’m glad we did. They give so much to this community and I hope we helped broaden their impact through our actions.”
Once the ambassadors committed to the CATS project, they knew they needed to be strategic with their fundraising efforts. They not only wanted to raise money for the organization, but they also wanted to help promote CATS to the community.
“The CATS museum is basically the only place for kids to go in our community, it’s sort of their own little recreational center,” said Kierra Muehler, Student Ambassador. “It’s really hard for CATS to get funding sometimes. I’m so glad we had the opportunity to help them. Seeing the faces of the board members when we showed them what we raised was a definite reminder why the service and projects that student ambassadors do is so important and worth every second.”
The group selected five major fundraisers to carry out throughout the semester. In order for each fundraiser to be successful it required a chairman, a committee to help plan the fundraiser from start to finish, and the 17 ambassadors to help with the implementation and completion. Fundraisers included cans at local businesses, bake sales, babysitting, flamingo’ing campus offices, and hosting a co-ed volleyball tournament.
“Leadership and service has always been the priority for our student ambassadors, but their initiative and drive is what makes them a truly remarkable group of students,” said Maygen Cassity, student ambassador professor and advisor. “The funds that our ambassadors were able to raise for CATS can be attributed to their team work, dedication and determination. They really wanted to give back to the community and I am incredibly proud of their desire and willingness to put in the time and effort that was needed to raise money for an organization that is such an asset to our community.”
In addition to their service, fundraising efforts taught the student ambassadors a great deal about leadership, the importance of team work, and helped to develop a commitment to community. Student Ambassador, Dietrik Becker, expressed, “What I enjoyed most about fundraising for CATS this semester was being able to bond and make lifelong friendships with the other student ambassadors. I found it very rewarding when we presented the check to the CATS board members because it reminded me of what we are all about as student ambassadors. We want to give back to the community that has been so supportive throughout the years, and that continues to support us.”
The CWC Student Ambassador program is a competitive institutional scholarship that is awarded to students who have a passion for leadership and service, and whom exhibit the qualities and traits that exemplify what Central Wyoming College stands for. Students can apply for the Student Ambassador scholarship by the March 1st deadline, and scholarships are awarded every fall.